Application process:

Applications for 2019 Doctoral Supervision are now closed.


March: Call released to Imperial Departments for joint project funding.

April: Deadline for Imperial Departments confirm joint funding.

May: Call released to recruiting Crick Group Leaders and Imperial Supervisors.

June: Deadline for Joint project proposals to be submitted by the Crick Group Leader on behalf of the GL and the Imperial supervisor.

The doctoral supervision programme is about encouraging, connecting and facilitating truly multidisciplinary research. Students following the 4-year Crick PhD programme will be co-supervised at the Crick and one of the three university partners, and will therefore have access to expertise and facilities at the Crick and the College. Students registered with Imperial will receive an Imperial College degree.

There are three types of Crick PhD students:

  • Core Crick students - funded by the Crick.
  • Joint Crick-Imperial Students - jointly funded by the Crick and the Imperial Department.
  • Externally funded students -  core or joint crick students who are funded by an external agency/funder, such as the Wellcome Trust.

In each case it is expected that the amount of time spent based in the lab of the Crick supervisor and the Imperial supervisor will be decided between the supervisors, but it is anticipated that core Crick funded students will spend the majority of their time in the Crick lab. It is expected that jointly funded students will split their time approximately 50% in the Crick lab and 50% in the Imperial lab.

The Crick will be responsible for monitoring the progression of Imperial Crick students and in particular for ensuring that relevant milestones are met. The supervisor will meet the student regularly to discuss their project, progress, plans and training.

Benefits for supervisors:

  • Access to highly-qualified and motivated students;
  • The opportunity to collaborate with Crick scientists;
  • Access to Crick facilities via Joint-Crick students.

Application process 

Applications for 2019 Doctoral Supervision are now closed.

In March a call is released to Imperial Departments for joint project funding with the deadline for departments to confirm joint funding in April.

In May the call is released to recruiting Crick Group Leaders and Imperial Supervisors to submitt joint project proposals.

Crick research group leaders are listed here, but please bear in mind that not all of these group leaders will be looking to recruit a student. To help aid collaborations we welcome summaries of interested candidates potential projects which will be shared throughout the Crick to group leaders to identify similar interests. Summaries can be sent to in May where the Imperial Crick team will help to identify collaborations.

 Joint project proposals should be submitted by the Crick group leader to in June.


Any queries may be directed to the Imperial Crick team who will be happy to assist.